Art & Design Courses in London

City Lit Art & Design offers the most diverse range of part-time, weekend and evening courses in London, taught by successful artists and practitioners. Rated ‘outstanding’ in our last government inspection our art classes include some of the most popular subjects in London; from photography, fashion and textiles, drawing and painting, print, graphic designinterior design and garden design courses, just to name a few. Whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist, we are sure we have an art course for you!

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  1. Painting 1

    Painting 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to painting, focusing on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work. Learn how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  2. Carving in wood or stone

    Carving in wood or stone

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get inspired by the age-old crafts of stone and wood carving, learn carving techniques and create your own small carving in wood or stone. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers, this course will explore the characteristics of stone and wood, lead you through the steps of design and carving, and encourage you to explore and develop your ideas and try more experimental techniques.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  3. Drawing into painting

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain an understanding of the creative journey from drawing or sketch to finished painting. Use paint techniques or mixed media, and find out how the two activities contrast yet potentially support each other. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  4. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  5. Photographing people

    Photographing people

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. Lightroom for photographers

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking for an alternative to Photoshop for managing and editing your photos? Adobe Lightroom is an easy-to-use cross-platform photo management and editing software with many advantages over other software. Learn how to use it effectively to catalogue, process and showcase your images: an invaluable asset for photographers at all levels.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. City Lit basketry course

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a wide variety of basketry techniques: stake and strand, plaiting, twining and coiling, in materials such as willow, cane, rush and other, less traditional ones. On successful completion of this two-year course, following an exhibition of some of your work, you will receive a City Lit certificate in basketry. Suitable for beginners, though some craft experience is expected. Payment plans will be available.



    This course is will accept applications from January 2019. To register your interest for this course, please contact visualarts@citylit.ac.uk.
    Full fee: £2,999.00
    Senior fee: £2,399.00
    Concession: £1,829.00

  8. Axonometric drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will learn axonometric drawing to architectural scale; reading simple plan and elevation drawings and visualising interior spaces. This course is beginner’s level, perfect for interior, garden and theatre design, sculpture and model making.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  9. Try it out: drawing and the art of mindfulness

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the practice of mindfulness can enhance drawing and bring greater clarity of perception, energy and enrichment to it. Inspire your interest in the subject or access new ways of approaching your drawing.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Classical art, myths and legends

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know your Aphrodite from your Hera? Do you know who is represented by an eagle? Who was turned into reeds? Unlock the rich world of classical myths and legends in this classroom-based course.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  11. Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes

    Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the beautiful variety of sewing patterns found in Japanese binding. Learn how to fold books, make a fold-out case, work traditional designs and experiment with creating your own. This course is suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  12. Calligraphy: flourished decorations

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This class is being offered to those who wish to study further the art of flourishing for use with pointed pen lettering. Lettering will not be taught in this class. We will spend time going over a variety of entry and exit strokes, flourishes, stand alone decorative elements, the principals of correct shape, size and design.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  13. Contemporary collage projects: 1

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    “CONTEMPORARY COLLAGE PART 1” initiates a year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions.

    It is possible to join the course at any three stages or complete all three stages over the year should you wish.

    We will be working with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £243.00

  14. Creative collage with Photoshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create exciting collages in Photoshop and learn how to use a range of tools, layers and filters to select and combine images.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Textiles: print

    Textiles: print

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Refine print techniques and knowledge in this intermediate surface course. Expand skills experimenting with layering techniques for fashion art or interior applications. Work to a brief or explore personal themes and concepts to develop your creative practice or project.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

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